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Cerebral Palsy - Home Treatment

Planning for adulthood

Preparing your child for adulthood takes careful planning. It also requires patience and resourcefulness on your part.

  • Encourage independent living skills. A time may come when you or other family members can no longer assist your child in all areas.
  • Plan for an adult's current and future health care needs. Complications of cerebral palsy may develop and affect quality of life. Also, some forms of CP are more severe and require special assistance.
  • Use occupational therapy and similar programs that may be helpful. Most adults with CP are employed, despite moderate to severe physical disability. Laws protect the rights of disabled people to find and hold employment (among other rights). Learn about the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 at www.ada.gov.

Older adults with CP may need extra help preparing for retirement.

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Last Updated: September 20, 2012
This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.
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